The beautiful and powerful HTC 10 was announced today and another announcement was also made concerning Canada getting the HTC 10 – the company has decided to sell the device exclusively through Bell. The Glacier Silver version of the HTC 10 is the only color Bell will offer, if you want to pick up an unlocked version in either Glacier Silver or Carbon Grey, you can do so at the HTC online store for $999 CAD. If you use the promo code of HTCCA1008, you can get a $100 off the price when you pre-order on HTC’s website. According to the website, “the Unlocked version is compatible with Telus, Rogers, Bell, Koodo, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Wind Mobile, Videotron and Sasktel.” Right now, on Bell’s website, they have the HTC 10 page up that simply says, “COMING SOON,” although the features and specs of the device are there to look over. Bell has no price listed and no expected delivery date as of yet, but that should change over the next few days. There are also no pre-orders being taken, but that too could change soon.
The new HTC 10 appears to have all of the right ‘stuff’ to not only compete, but surpass some of the ‘big boys’ from South Korea. The complaint about the One M9 looking too much like the One M7 and One M8 was certainly corrected on the new HTC 10. The new device has more of a sculptured or chiseled look to its all-aluminum body, adding a bold statement with a new premium look…they even changed the name and dropped the ‘One” and ‘M’ from its designation. HTC also added a Home button, ala Samsung that doubles as their fingerprint sensor.
Let’s start with the display – the HTC 10 sports a 5.2-inch Super LCD 5 display and finally moved on to the Quad HD (QHD) resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, giving it a tidy 564 pixels-per-inch. Inside, HTC chose the newest 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with a dual-core clocked at 1.6 GHz and a dual-core clocked at 2.15 GHz. The HTC 10 is packing 4GB of DDR4 RAM and 32GB of internal memory that can expand via a microSD card up to 2TB and uses the Adreno 530 GPU. Power for the HTC 10 is a 3,000 mAh battery that offers Quick Charge 3.0, but no wireless charging because of the metal case. Another area that was changed is the BoomSound dual front-facing speakers and replaced by their new Dolby-enhanced BoomSound Hi-Fi package. As far as speakers go, there is a ‘woofer’ on the bottom of the phone and the earpiece contains a ‘tweeter’ to give you a large spectrum of sound – each with their own dedicated amplifier. If you plug-in hi-res earphones, you will be able to appreciate its full sound potential. The camera is another area that HTC really stepped up in the HTC 10 – the main camera packs in 12MP of their new generation of UltraPixels (1.55um) with OIS, laser autofocus, dual-tone LED flash and an aperture of f/1.8. The main camera tied the Galaxy S7 series with a DxOMark score of 88. The front-facing camera is 5MP, with f/1.8, autofocus and OIS for excellent selfies and video chatting.